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>> ♪ >> "action news." delaware valley's leading news program. with matt o'donnell, tamala edwards, karen rogers and meteorologist, david murphy. >> ♪ >> good morning everyone. it's 6 o'clock on this wednesday september 21st. we're following breaking news. >> protests erupt in north carolina over the deadly shooting of a black man by a police officer and the violent demonstrations have gotten worse overnight. we'll have the latest in a live report from our satellite center. >> former eagles running back lesean mccoy is now facing a civil lawsuit over a nightclub brawl in olde city. >> and the action cam is live in berks county for our countdown to liftoff. you see the team there with karen rogers getting everything ready to go. she will be activating that weather balloon in about 40 minutes. >> looks like they're about to blow it up. very exciting stuff.
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first up weather and traffic. dave murphy and matt pelman. good morning. >> great morning for a launch as we have light winds. there's a bit of cloud cover around again this morning. take a look at satellite. it's all because of there area of low pressure continuing to rotate down to our south. it's moving away a little bit but not fast enough to take the clouds with it so we're looking at clouds and sun. more clouds to the south today and more sun to the north. we also have visibility an issue for the second straight morning and occasionally you're going to run into some patchy fog. most of our reporting stations don't have very bad numbers but every now and then you see the model putting in that gray and areas to the east of philadelphia in particular could get some dense fog. 69 degrees in philadelphia currently. 66 in wilmington, 62 in allentown, 63 in reading not far from where karen rogers is setting up that balloon with our team. 64 in trenton and 71 currently in cape may. your dewpoints are up there still on or about 70 and at points south but we have dipped to 65 in philadelphia and while it might feel a little bit humid this morning we he expect those humidity levels to drop as we go
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through the day. temperatures are going up again. 68 degrees by 7:00, 74 by 10 o'clock. by noon we're in the low 80's and your high today is the 3 o'clock is 86 before dipping back to 82 by dinnertime. cooler air is on the way. we'll have to wait until a little after the arrival of autumn matt pelman to see it but it is coming in the seven-day forecast and i'll have those details coming up. >> sounds good david. good morning to you. we're live here in burlington county along 295 at 656 and if you look closely, i know it's black and white but you can probably see a little bit of the soup out there this morning. just a little bit of fog in a couple spots in burlington county not widespread but when you come upon it you can see that that visibilities are hampered a bit by the foggy weather. just getting word of a major issue on the pennsylvania turnpike. this is westbound approaching the norristown interchange where a vehicle is in flames right now. that vehicle fire is taking out the two left lanes. fire crews are on their way to the scene. we're not seeing big delays yet but we he expect them to form on the westbound turnpike
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so of course we'll keep you posted. on the northeast extension of the turnpike northbound past lehigh valley still have left lane construction. that's not really causing a big issue. there is a crash to watch out for still in new hanover township along deep creek road at schultz road and by the limb monday country club limb monday road remains closed because of an accident. stick with sandy hill or germantown pike as an alternate. volume on 95 southbound side approaching cottman. again farther south approaching girard but on 95 in delco the northbound construction is gone so you're looking good. head up to the airport on this wednesday morning matt. >> thank you, matt. breaking overnight authorities in charlotte north carolina have been using tear gas to business percent protestors. officers have been injured and they shut down a highway. violence erupted over the fatal shooting of a black man by police. police say he was armed and posed a threat. "action news" reporter annie mccormick is following these developments live from the satellite center. annie. >> reporter: matt, this all is around that deadly police-involved shooting that
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killed 43-year-old keith lamont scott. now, police say he had a gun but now his family is disputing whether or not he had a weapon. this was the scene in charlotte, north carolina last night. from above you can see as protestors attacked marked police vehicles. you can see that puff of smoke while police used tear gas to try and get the crowd under control. 12 officers were injured including one hit in the face with a rock. >> there is something going on across this nation that needs to be addressed. so the throwing of water bottles and destroying city vehicles, i don't condone that. by no means. but as far as my child, my nephew, i am concerned, i'm worried about them. something has to be done. >> reporter: that violent scene stemmed from the deadly police shooting that happened here at this charlotte apartment complex earlier in the day. police say it was there as officers went to look for a suspect with an outstanding warrant. instead, they saw 43-year-old keith lamont scott. police say he had nothing to
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do with the warrant. according to officers' accounts, scott got out of the vehicle with a gun and then got back in. when officers approached he allegedly got out of the car with the gun again. >> one of the officers felt a lethal threat and fired his weapon because of that. >> reporter: scott died at the hospital. police say they recovered a gun at the scene. his family is now disputing that. >> it wasn't no gun. it was a book. >> 33 said hands up. he got a gun, he got a gun. pow, pow, pow, pow. >> reporter: and these protests happened almost at the same time as protests in oklahoma. it was there that an unarmed plaque man was shot by police. as for the officer that was involved in the deadly police shooting in north carolina, he has been put on administrative leave which they say is protocol. for now reporting live in the satellite center, annie mccormick, channel6 "action news." matt back to you. >> thanks for theup date annie. the protests in charlotte came hours after another demonstration in oklahoma. the demonstrators here are calling for an arrest of a tulsa police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black
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man. it happened when officers responded to a report of a small vehicle back on friday. investigators said yesterday that they found the drug pcp in the vehicle of 40-year-old terrence crutcher but attorneys for crutcher's family say a discussion of drugs distracts from questions about the use of deadly force. >> it is 6:06. lesean mccoy is being sued for a bar fight that happened in february. the incident at the olde city nightclub involved mccoy's friends and two off duty philadelphia police officers. it apparently started with a dispute over a bottle of champagne. the civil suit claims mccoy kicked and beat an officer while that officer was on the ground and punched another officer in the eye. philadelphia district attorney decided to not file charges against mccoy or anyone else. >> both top presidential nominees are campaigning in battle ground states today. hillary clinton is set to rally voters in orlando florida. donald trump heads to toledo ohio and will speak in chester township tomorrow night in delaware county. the gop nominee's charity is
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now under new scrutiny. the washington post reports that trump used more than $250,000 from his charitable foundation to settle personal lawsuits. that could violate tax and charity laws. hillary clinton may have picked up a surprising endorsement. ab presidential news reports that former president george h.w. bush a republican, says he intend the vote for clinton. trump responded last night saying he's not surprised by this. trump claims the reason is his tough primary battle with bush's son former florida governor jeb bush. >> drugmaker mylan is already under fire for hiking up the price of its epipen. maribel aber is live at the nasdaq in times square. she's got more on that. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, tam. the ceo of mylan will be grilled by lawmakers today. heather bresch will appear before a house committee to answer questions about the steep price hike on the epipen. the al lorring treating device shot up to more than $600 but bresch plans to tell the committee mile lance makes
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only about $50 on the epipen after rebates fees and costs are deducted. chop mee trading -- choppy trading session. the fed is expected to issue a statement on interest rates this afternoon. that's the latest in business. back to you. >> dave murphy you'll have a little help with your forecast today. >> yeah. >> with something going up in the skies. >> karen rogers out in berks county overseeing a team that's putting up our 6abc weather balloon this morning. we're learning a lot of cool things about weather balloons. 1930's technology with updated equipment on board but it's still an integral part of the forecast. storm tracker6 live double scan shows that you we are dry for our launch and for everything else that you're doing this morning. stepping outside, we have sky6 and the airport maybe a little hint of mist in the lights there over the terminals. there is a little fog here and there across the region but in
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most cases it's not thick enough to give in you any problems. not looking at delays at the airport this morning. 69 degrees in philadelphia, 63 in reading, 62 in allentown, 64 in trenton and 71 in cape may. satellite shows you how that stubborn area of low pressure still trying to pull away from us down to our south and as a result we do have cloud cover across much of the region and today is going to be a clouds and sun mix with more sun the farther north you go and more clouds the farther south, similar to what we saw yesterday. up in allentown we'll go for a mix of clouds and sun. nice and warm with a high of 85, humidity not really a problem up in the lehigh valley. down the shore it's still a bit humid especially the farther south you go down the coast but that will ease up a little bit as the day goes on and we'll get a high of 78 degrees, fairly light winds down the beach today. and in philadelphia, a high of 86, clouds mixing with sun. we're kind of in the middle of that clouds to the south, sun to the north deal, so like yesterday you'll get some sun breaking its way in at times. 86 degrees is the forecast
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high. it is warm. humidity levels will tend to drop as we go through the day. and it looks like a pleasant night for the phillies to wrap up that two game set with the chicago white sox. low humidity 79 degrees for the first pitch under partly cloudy skies and 73 he in the ninth inning. 65 is the overnight low in the city. some suburbs get down to about 60. again humidity dropping later today and tonight so it will feel fairly comfortable. then tomorrow autumn arrives at 10:21 in the morning butter a high of 86 degrees in the afternoon. it's going to be another warm one. tropical storm karl out in the atlantic away from the leeward islands and cutting a path north over the next several days. still looks like it's going to be in the vicinity of bermuda on the weekend but it is pulling a little bit farther to the east of that islander and so maybe they catch a bit of a break. your exclusive accuweather 7-day, 86 today, sunny, warm. 86 tomorrow for the arrival of autumn. still feeling like summer, low humidity. and then more humid on friday with a high of 88. that next front looks like it's coming in a little faster so a shower is possible now friday night but not so much saturday morning.
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and that paves the way for temple's homecoming on saturday and anything else you want to do. looks like it's going to be a nice breezy day with a high of 76. the eagles playing in autumnal conditions. sunny and breezy on sunday. an afternoon high of 72. that's a late game so we'll be in the 60's for most of that game. >> thank you david. it is 6:11. fitness tracker fail. a warning about the popular devices. they might actually derail your diet. matt -- karen. >> karen. >> and the team has weighed the pay load here. we're getting ready to fill the weather balloon. i'm turn it right now getting ready to start the helium process. there you can kind of hear the his and see it happening. we're going to continue to blow this weather balloon up and launch it into the sky. all that is coming up. >> blast off on your morning commute. so far so good along 476 the blue route by the mid-county toll plaza. >> matt, they can't hear you. >> okay. >> "action news" is sponsored
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>> "action news" is about to give you a fascinating look inside the forecast. we'll be launching a weather balloon live during this show he. >> it's scheduled to launch a little bit later this morning from farming ridge park in exeter township berks county. >> meteorologist karen rogers has been prepping all the
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equipment maybe even blowing up the balloon on her own, we'll see. here she is live with what's going on. hi, karen. >> yeah, started the helium. i was admit pedly a little nervous about that. joseph is taking over. he knows a little bit more. he's an aerospace engineer and joseph you already had to make the calculations, right and weigh out everything. you weighed the pay load. how much helium are we putting in. >> 85 cubic feet. >> look up. if you can take a slot of this. it looks cool as it's starting to rise, it's paul our 6abc meteorologist helping with it right now and the thing about it is that the helium is less dense than the air so as this rises, and it's going rise a thousand feet a minute up into the stratosphere, as it does that, it's going to expand very rapidly because of the difference in pressure so what you're going to see is amazing this is going to be about 5 feet in diameter when it's fully formed on the surface of
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the earth but up in the atmosphere it's going to be the size of a two car garage. it's going to dismanned quickly. when it does it's going to burst. that's why we have the parachute out here already and they're continuing to monitor it. this is science. everything needs to be exact. as you look at this weather balloon it kind of seems like an antiquated idea but this is the backbone of forecasting. this is how all the information is gathered. you get the temperature, you get the pressure and all of this is going to be a link on our facebook page on 6abc.com so you can follow it all as it's happening live. we are continuing to fill it now and we're launching it at about 6:40 and then i'm getting in the news van and tracking. all this on social media. as the team couldn't we'll be right back and we'll watch it get ready to launch. live in exeter karen rogers channel6 "action news." >> very exciting. thank you karen. time head over to matt pelman who is keeping his eye on the road. good morning. >> t minus 24 minutes until lastoff. very exciting. we're expecting delays to balloon along the pennsylvania
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turnpike matt and tam because of a vehicle fire out there in the westbound lanes approaching the norristown interchange. left lane blocked. we haven't seen big delays form yet but we're expecting them heads up. allow extra time if you normally travel westbound on the turnpike. a vehicle fire approaching norristown. not too far off in plymouth township a blockage of limb monday road by belvoir road. that an overnight accident scene there. sandy hill or germantown pike would be some alternates. new hanover township a crash just east of 663 along deep creek road at schultz road. if you drive through pottstown hanover street is blocked for railroad crossing work by the sherwin williams at south street. stick with charlotte or washington streets as some alternates around that. this is 95 by the betsy ross bridge interchange. some building southbound volume. delays aren't terrible just yet but here is the bigger news along 95. starting later this evening, tonight, wednesday night, they're going to close the 95
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southbound ramp to aramingo avenue and it's going to be blocked for nine months so big closure starts tonight. the good news is traveling south on 95 you can still get to the betsy ross pretty much. you just -- bridge. you just won't be able to get to aramingo avenue until next june. >> "action news" obtained this cell phone video showing a fight between an english teacher and a student in northeast philadelphia. the teacher had to get stitch. a law enforcement force tells us the argument started when the student was late to class and the teacher was confronted while trying to call security. >> parents and children rattled by clown sightings. this time they saw them schuylkill county pa. pottsville police received reports that two men dressed as clowns were yelling at children on monday night and then took off in a vehicle. some people think this is a hoax because some other communities nationwide have
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>> last full day of summer. >> we had rita's yesterday to celebrate. >> as one should, yeah. sounds like a good day for that again today. good time for a drive on 42. just starting to get a little bit busy here in the northbound lanes by creek road as you head up towards 295 but at this point no major issues. over on the garden state parkway don't forget about the ongoing construction around ocean city blocking the left lane in both directions right by the new egg harbor bridge. that construction is causing delays during the rush hours but no delays yet. a couple delays so far this morning on the septa regional rails both on the paoli thorndale line trains just about 10 minutes behind so far david.
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>> not too bad matt. on the big board we're dressing the kids in shorts and t's. a little cool isn't in some spots. in philadelphia 68 degrees by 7 o'clock. by 10 o'clock 70. on the bus stop at noon 81 degrees. three clock 86 degrees. that's your high this afternoon. humidity will drop during the day. we see he a mix of clouds and sun, more sun to the north, more clouds to the south but everybody is looking pretty warm. at the airport on the big board all green aircraft, no major delays and no sign of precipitation right now in any of our big travel cities. tam. >> okay, thank you. an infamous affair led to a famous marriage. now it's yet another hollywood divorce. angelina jolie filed for divorce from brad pitt. rumors break up run the gamut from jolie's disapproval of his parenting style to a rumored affair between pitt and a co-star on his even movie set. >> people worried about their samsung phones exploding or catching fire can get replacements beginning today.
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>> eagles right tackle lane johnson has started the appeals process for his 10 game suspension. the nfl says lane violated substance abuse policy for a second time. an appeal hearing is set for october 4th which means johnson is still eligible to play on sunday against the steelers. if johnson loses his appeal his suspension will start on october 9th. >> a group of prominent african-american men came together hoping to motivate young men to stay in school. students at the what it takes
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forum last night questioned the path of business professionals and pro athletes like malcolm jenkins about obtaining their life goals. the eagles safety talked about joining two other teammates as parts of a different kind of conversation, the conversation around race and social and criminal injustice by raising their fists in protest during the national anthem. >> minorities especially african-americans in this country, you talk about social justice and the criminal justice system. although we've come a long way there's some things that still need to be changed and still need to be addressed. >> since 2009, urban youth has reached about 3,000 students with this annual event. >> 6:27. today is the last full day of summer. dave murphy tells us when it will actually feel like fall. >> and you couldn't ask for a better day for a balloon launch. chopper six with a look live over farming ridge.
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that's the weather balloon. our weather stool about to take flight. we'll take you there next.
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>> breaking right now violent protests on the heels of another deadly police shooting. several officers are injured trying to calm down the crowd. >> only on "action news," a local police station is under lock and key he amid reports that officers hired a prostitute to pay them a visit karen. >> our 6abc weather balloon is filled with helium. we've got a string right here, parachute and the pay load and we're getting ready to launch it. you can watch it live coming up. >> so exciting. good morning it is 6:30 now on this wednesday september 21st. we'll go to karen shortly but first up let's head over to dave murphy and matt pelman for accuweather and traffic. good morning. >> great morning for that launch. no rain, light winds for the
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most part. if you have a chance to glance over to the east as you step outside, gorgeous pinks in the clouds as the sun is getting ready to come up but we have some cloud cover in place and it does look like one of those days where because of that circulating area of low pressure down to the south, it will be a clouds and sun mix. probably more sun to the north, maybe a little more cloud cover the closer you are to the coast. there's also a bit of patchy fog around but not as widespread as yesterday and it almost looks like it's breaking up a little bit to the east of philadelphia. nonetheless if you happen to run into some of that you slow down and temperature 69 degrees currently in philadelphia, 66 in wilmington, 64 in trenton. just 61 degrees in allentown and 63 out in reading. not too far from exeter township where we're getting ready to launch our balloon. 71 in cape may and dewpoints are still up there but we expect the humidity levels to drop a bit as we go through the day. temperatures are climbing though. 68 by 7 o'clock. 74 by 10 o'clock. lunchtime will be in the low 80's and your high today at 3 o'clock is 86 before we fall back to 82 by 6 o'clock. cooler air is on the way later in the accuweather forecast.
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details coming up. >> we've got speeds in our sites here on the schuylkill expressway westbound. start to jam approaching passyunk out to south street a new accident taking out one of the two lanes on the schuylkill westbound so rapidly we're starting to see those hefty westbound delays on 76. of course we'll keep you posted. our crash in new hanover township has cleared out from deep creek road at schultz road. everything is reopened there which is good news but in limb monday township we're still without plymouth road close to plymouth country club. that's because of an overnight accident. sandy hill road or germantown pike some alternates. good news bad news on the pennsylvania turnpike. good news is the westbound vehicle fire approaching norristown is now gone. all lanes reopened. the bad news is just 34 miles per hour coming west of fort washington. so there is a delay in the wake of that earlier vehicle fire. and if you're hopping off the westbound turnpike onto the blue route southbound watch
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out an accident here southbound approaching the schuylkill mostly off to the side but a little bit of slowing coming south of rip pike on this wednesday morning. tam. >> okay, thank you, matt. breaking right now the city of charlotte north carolina is an uproar. officers have been hurt and a rioting crowd has been tear gassed. things have gotten so bad roads have been closed in the aftermath of a police-involved shooting of a black man. meals say this man had a weapon. his family is arguing he did not. let's go to annie mccormick. she's following the story for us live in the satellite center. good morning, annie. >> reporter: good morning tamala. things got so bad they had to shut down a busy highway as well as the protestors grew increasingly violent overnight. that centers around a man that was killed in a police-involved shooting. 43-year-old keith lamont scott. police say at the time of the shooting he he had a gun but his family is disputing that. this was the scene in charlotte north carolina last night. from above you can see as protestors attacked marked police vehicles. you can see that puff of smoke. police used tear gas to try and get the crowd under
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control. 12 officers were injured including one hit in the face with a rock. that violent scene stemmed from the deadly police shooting that happened here at the charlotte apartment complex earlier in the day. police say it was there as officers went to look for a suspect with an outstanding warrant. instead, they saw 43-year-old keith lamont scott. police say he had nothing to do with the warrant. according to officers' accounts, scott got out of a vehicle with a gun, then got back in. when officers approached he allegedly got out of the car with gun again. >> one of the officers felt a this evening and lethal threat and fired his weapon because of that. >> reporter: scott died at the hospital. meals say they recovered a gun at the scene. his family is now disputing that. >> it wasn't no gun. it was a book. >> they said hands up. he got a gun, he got a gun. pow, pow, pow, pow. >> reporter: now during the protests some of the protestors were shouting black lives matter hands up don't shoot. the officer is now on
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administrative leave which they say is protocol. reporting live from the satellite center annie mccormick channel6 "action news." tam, back to you. >> annie thank you. the suspect in the new york and new jersey bombings now faces federal charges. the court complaints filed late yesterday give a chilling glimpse into what authorities say motivated ahmad khan rahami. the afghan born u.s. citizen bought bomb ingredients on ebay. he talked of being a marter and remains in the hospital after a shootout with police on monday. fbi investigated him two years ago but they dropped the case due to a lack of evidence. >> 6:35 and new this morning gunfire in wilmington, delaware seriously injured a young man. the action cam found a heavy police presence on the 200 block of east 14th street late last night. they say someone shot a man in his 20's several times. police are still working on finding the shooter and the reasons why. >> reporter: trenton police officers are under
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investigation over claims they hired a prostitute while on duty. sources tell "action news" that they brought the call girl to the k-9 unit headquarters on the 1200 block of east state street and say an officer concealed the woman's identity from cameras mounted outside. however she was caught on surveillance inside. >> the fact of the matter is i will not tolerate any activities conducted in my office that my officers are involved in that is going reflect poorly on this city or on this police department. >> the trenton k-9 headquarters is now closed and authorities would not confirm whether the officers under investigation remain on active duty right now. >> a delaware family out for a bike ride saved a dog trapped on a railroad bridge. now officials need public's help to get that puppy back home. the blond beagle was rescued sunday. when rescuers got to her she was shaking and stuck between a concrete support brace.
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look at her. the dog will be held for at least three days for her owner to try to claim her before she will then be made available for adoption. >> can't really pick these days according to weather when you throw up a weather balloon in the sky but this is a pretty good one. >> that's a good one. we've gotten fairly light winds, cool and fairly comfortable out of berks county where we're going to launch the 6abc weather balloon in just a few minutes. storm tracker6 live double scan right now shows you we are dry as we take a look outside, we've got some sun starting to breakthroughs the clouds. going to be a clouds and sun mix today and warm as we go into the afternoon. temperature currently is 69 in philadelphia. your dewpoint is continuing to drop down to 65 now moderate humidity this morning and we expect that humidity level to continue to dive as the day goes on partially because the winds are coming out of the dry north at 7 miles per hour currently. we have some clouds out there because of that circulatorring area of high pressure -- low pressure i should say down to the south it is moving a little bit farther away from us and we he do expect that clouds and sun mix with more sun up north, more clouds down
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south but i'm fairly optimistic that everybody is going to see at least some sun today. 68 degrees by 8 o'clock, 74 by 10:00 and by noon we're up into the low 80's and yes, it's going to feel like summer on the last full dave summer with a well above average high of 86 degrees at 3 o'clock. by 5 o'clock still in the low 80's. high temperatures across the region, mid 80's in allentown, wilmington, trenton, low 80's in millville and dover. down the shore 76 in cape may, about 78 up the coast in atlantic city. at the ball game tonight phillies trying to sweep that short two game set with the chicago white socks. 79 for the first pitch. 73 in the ninth inning. they'll be sweating a little bit i suppose but it's partly cloudy and pleasant in the stands with low humidity. and then tomorrow fall arrives at 10:21 but as is often the case it's still going to feel like summer in the afternoon, a high of 86 degrees again well above average. lots of sunshine tomorrow especially away from the coast. out in the tropics two systems tropical storm karl and lisa, lisa looks like it's just going to stay a tropical storm and then fall apart in the
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north atlantic. karl in the meantime still looks like it's going to make a run at bermuda but the trend continues to take that storm farther to the east of bermuda so that as it passes by as a strong category one or two hurricane, hopefully the strongest side of the storm over to the east misses bermuda and maybe bermuda just gets clipped. still this weekend not a great time to be in bermuda. 86 degrees clouds and sun, warm today. 86 tomorrow, warm with sunshine and then up to 88 with rising humidity on friday. next system looks like it's coming through a little faster so that our next shower chance will be friday night. and it's just a small chance. but that means we're dry saturday morning, that's great for temple's homecoming ceremonies down at lincoln financial field before their noon game. 76 degrees, breezy on saturday. sun and clouds and then sunday for the eagles sunny and breezy, 72 degrees. it's a late game. we're probably in the 60's for most of the game feeling like fall. >> all right, thank you david. it is now 6:39. under siege. a suspect doesn't just try to outrun the police, he tries to run them over. >> karen rogers is about to
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send weather forecasting into the stratosphere. karen. >> that's right, we're just balancing the pay load right now getting everything ready making sure that it's level, everything is working because we are getting ready to launch this balloon right now into the edge of space. taking you inside weather forecasting like you've never seen before, all coming up live, the up. >> wow, launching the morning commute things are looking better on the blue route karen. we had a southbound accident approaching the schuylkill. it's gone now but there's a crash on the schuylkill itself and a big new closure coming to 95 when "action news" continues on this wednesday morning. >> ♪
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>> 6:43. time has arrived to launch the 6abc weather balloon. >> so exciting. karen rogers has been with us every step of the way and joins us lie from the launch site in berks county. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning. so, here's our weather balloon. you watched live as we filled it with helium. what we're doing right now is starting the process. you can see it kind of going up into the air as we let it go right now. so, not launching it just yet but starting the process. there you can see the weather balloon. it has got a good force on it. this is parachute. about few feet in diameter. when it goes up into the atmosphere it will be the size of a two car garage at this point 'cause it's going to expand rapidly. it goes up and i'm going to let you do that as i let go. it expands about a thousand feet a minute as you watch it go up and this is the basis of all weather forecasting. it looks like a simple balloon right but 800 of these are launched twice a day around
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the world and all that information is put right into computer models so that we can get accurate forecasting. without something as simple as that balloon you see up there we wouldn't have any accurate forecasting. >> reporter: it give the temperature, the from essure. what you can see right now is what they call a pay load. it's got a satellite tracker a sensor over here. this is the antenna. all of the information is transmitted every minute the temperature, the pressure and that tells all the meteorologists goes into the computer models around the world to help the forecasting 6789 it's going to go into the edge of space. we have a go pro camera. right here you'll be able to see on the etch of it we have the news van going up into the edge of space and you'll be able to track that on 6abc.com and here you can see our weather team we've got the madells here paul trumble low and joseph an aerospace engineer we have been talking about worked on the international space station. now we're getting ready to launch it. we have a crew of people lined up that want to watch it in
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person. let's say we counter it down from advertisement i'm going to help hold on. here we go. you guys ready. five, four, three, two, one. the 6abc weather balloon launching into the sky. look how rapidly it's going up there. beautiful sight. and so it's going to go 90 to 100,000 feet up into the stratosphere and when it does that, the difference in pressure gradient it's going to get so large it's going to burst after it's the size of a two car garage. it's going burst into the at fire. it's biodegradable played out of tree sap it's got a par absolute on it. it's going to come down. we have a gps tracker so in a couple minutes we'll low pressure in the news van, we're going to track this 6abc weather balloon to its location so that we can so you the entire process and bring you inside forecasting like you've never seen before. it takes about two hours to go up and about 45 minutes in the
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process of coming down so you're going to see this all throughout our newscast as we continue to track it. you can track it online and watch all of this happen as you go inside weather forecasting. there you can see our 6abc weather balloon rising rapidly. the wind in the upper levels of the jet stream very light today. you can sometimes go as far as 100 -- it can go quite far from a distance but at this point we're going to be tracking it as it travels through the atmosphere and reporting all of this live as you're watching it happen and we see chopper6 up there as well. it's a beautiful sight as we watched the helium fill up. we watched the weather balloon go up foot stratosphere and now we're about to get into a van and we're going to be tracking it and you can track it right now on 6abc.com. we have a weather tracker so you can go on 6abc.com as we are, we're going to go low pressure into the -- hop into the van and track this. karen rogers channel6 "action
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news." >> science is fascinating. if it lands in your backyard let us know. we'll come and get it for you. all right. matt pelman is here. >> and everybody let go so no balloon boy situations here. good morning to you matt and tam. as the balloon expands so, too, do our delays on the schuylkill expressway. westbound side look at this parking lot from approaching this point at passyunk on out to approaching south street. that's where we still have an accident taking out one of the two lanes so big delays on the westbound schuylkill. if i were you and i normally use westbound 76, i would come up 95 to the westbound vine. westbound vine is slow here approaching 76 but it's not nearly as slow as the westbound schuylkill so the 95 expressway and the vine better bets than the schuylkill westbound this morning. this is 95 in the great northeast southbound, oh, yes, starting to slow of course from academy through this point at cottman. then farther south let's check out the scene by the betsy ross bridge. i want to mention to you that tonight they're going to be closing the southbound off ramp from 95 to aramingo
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avenue. you will still be able to get to the betsy ross bridge but as of tonight you won't be able to get to aramingo avenue for nine months as they start the reconstruction of that ramp. meanwhile slowing on the westbound turnpike coming away from fort washington out to norristown luckily our vehicle fire there is gone but the crash is closing plymouth road. that's still not gone. stick with sandy hill or germantown pike. disabled partially block the ramp from royersford to 422 eastbound with normal delays forming there. matt. >> a wild chase played out on highway patrol dashcam in utah the trooper thought he had his man but the driver you see here backs up his pickup into the patrol car threatens the trooper with a knife and then speeds away again. trooper keeps his cool calls for backup and starts trailing the driver once again. the pursuit ended in a parking lot where the driver rammed the trooper's car once more stepped out of the pickup and police then took him into custody. >> ♪
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>> ♪ >> 6:51. chopper6 live over the 6abc weather balloon which has taken flight over berks county. he getting all sorts of data together also have some go pro cameras on there taking neat pictures. karen rogers is going to grab it but as it's in flight you can track its progress by going to 6abc.com. >> we were just talking david it's just neat to watch the
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science. >> it is cool and, you know, 800 of those go up at the same time around the world twice. just amazing. such cooperation worldwide. >> we're tracking a spot where we're not flying this morning. it's the schuylkill expressway westbound. look behind the tree. there's an accident here by university avenue taking out the right lane causing big jams coming away from passyunk. new crash in horsham township along county line road at maple avenue. south of pottstown watch out for one on the ramp from 100 to 724. david. >> shorts and t's on the kids as it's going to get warm even though it's a lull cool start out. 68 by 8 o'clock, 81 by noon and your high today is going to be 86 degrees with humidity dropping, a mix of clouds and sun today, matt and tam. >> thank you david. brand new this morning, police have recovered an 8-foot long snake in delaware county. springfield police tweeted out this picture of the south american false water cobra which is not deadly. residents spotted the make last night. officers are asking anyone who knows who owns the 8-foot
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>> ♪ >> top stories here at 6:55. trenton police have launched an internal investigation amid claims a member of the department's k-9 unit hired a prostitute while on duty. sources say the woman was captured on the unit's internal surveillance cameras. former eagle lesean mccoy being sued for an olde
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city bar fight there happened back in february. the civil suit claims mccoy beat and kicked an off duty philadelphia police officer punched another officer in the eye. mccoy was never criminally charged. the 6abc weather balloon has taken flight. you watched as karen rogers helped launch it from farming ridge park in berks county live just minutes ago. track its journey route now. the link is on 6abc.com. >> that's neat. this isn't . >> [laughter] jammed solid from approaching this point at passyunk out to approaching south street. that's where an accident involving a truck is taking out one of the two lanes. i would use 95 and the vine instead of the westbound schuylkill this morning. david. >> or just stay home. storm tracker6 has been showing you we're dry today. we'll see a mix of clouds and sun through day. gets warm later. we're in the 60's now but a high of 86 degrees and karen rogers out there tracking that 6abc weather balloon. it will take probably about two or three hours for it to get up and come down again. >> he reminder keep your eye on our social media and 6abc.com page.
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she'll be posting some things as the morning goes. for matt pelman dave murphy, see like to mix it up so you don't expect it. matt o'donnell karen rogers, i'm tamala edwards. have a good day. >> and the weather balloon. >> and the weather balloon. >> yeah. >> ♪
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